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Embattled recorder Gary Ott's sister accuses top staff of 'manipulation'

Embattled recorder Gary Ott's sister accuses top staff of 'manipulation'

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SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time, a member of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott's family is speaking publicly about his health concerns — repeating accusations that Ott's staff has been "manipulating" him so they can keep their jobs.

Kathy Chamberlain, Ott's sister, took to Facebook Wednesday to accuse Ott's chief deputy, Julie Dole, and office aide Karmen Sanone of using Ott as a "pawn."

Previously, county employees have launched similar accusations, worried that Dole and Sanone — who has also been accused of fostering a nepotistic relationship with Ott — have been covering the 66-year-old's condition to stay in their appointed positions. Dole and Sanone have denied those accusations.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams called on Ott to resign on Wednesday.

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